U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comments on Land Exchange at Henefer Echo Wildlife Management Area in Summit and Morgan Counties, Utah
For Immediate Release
October 25, 2021
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) regarding the Utah Department of Natural Resources (UDNR) proposed “Henefer Echo Land Exchange.” UDNR acquired the Henefer Echo Wildlife Management Area with Federal grant funds through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR) grant program. PR regulations stipulate that the Service must approve any disposal of PR acquired property. The Service’s decision to approve the project proposal constitutes a Federal action subject to the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). This Draft EA has been prepared to comply with NEPA provisions to assess potential impact on the human environment. Public comments will be accepted for a 30-day period ending November 24, 2021.
UDNR proposes to dispose of approximately 179.52 acres of the Henefer Echo WMA and acquire approximately 116.37 acres adjacent to the WMA, which includes a critical 40-acre inholding. The Proposed Action would not negatively impact wildlife or cultural resources. The Draft EA documents an analysis of the effects of the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternatives.
A copy of the Draft EA, which includes details and consideration of the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative, is available here. Those without internet access may request copies by calling the Services’ Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program at: 303-236-4414. Comments will be accepted until November 25, 2021, and should be sent to: Chief, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486, Denver, CO, 80225.
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